The Obama Effect: Job Trends in '09 Bode Well for Construction

September 28, 2010

The Obama Administration has said it will "hit the ground running" with what experts project to be a $700 billion job stimulus package. The new administration’s goals are to create or save 2.5 million jobs over the next two years and, as expected, construction jobs should fare well.

Jobfox, the Internet career site, predicts the top Obama-inspired new job trends to watch in 2009. The list includes the job sectors and key professions that are most likely to grow as a result of President-elect Barack Obama’s economic stimulus policies.

According to Jobfox, the most wanted new jobs, listed by major Obama initiatives, will include:

Initiative: Construction of Roads, Bridges, Transit and Rural Broadband

Key Jobs:

  1. Construction managers
  2. Project managers
  3. Civil engineers
  4. Computer-aided drafting specialists
  5. Telecommunications engineers

Initiative: Greater Oversight of Financial Markets

Key Jobs:

  • Compliance accountants
  • Internal auditors
  • Tax accountants
  • Government regulators

Initiative: Energy Independence

Key Jobs:

  1. Electrical engineers
  2. Mechanical engineers
  3. Power grid managers
  4. Biofuels chemists
  5. Sales and marketing

Initiative: Healthcare Modernization

Key Jobs:

  1. Nurses
  2. Information technology specialists
  3. Bioinformatics specialists
  4. Information security specialists
  5. Software developers

Initiative: Volunteerism and Community Involvement

Key Jobs:

  1. Social workers
  2. Administrators
  3. Translators

"Epic changes are ahead throughout the professional landscape," said Rob McGovern, CEO of Jobfox. "It’s just like 1991, when we didn’t know the Internet was coming. New job titles will emerge, many of which haven’t been invented yet. Savvy professionals will be prepared to take advantage of new opportunities."